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Billy Wilder Speaks (2006)

Billy Wilder discusses his life and films in interviews filmed by Volker Schlondorff over two weeks in 1988.
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In 1988, Oscar-winning German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff ("The Tin Drum") sat down with legendary director Billy Wilder at his office in Beverly Hills, California and turned on his camera for a series of filmed interviews. The conversation went on for two weeks. The results were aired on German TV in 1992 and debuted on U.S. television when it was shown on Turner Classic Movies in 2006. We are presented with a generous smattering of film clips, rare photographs and artwork, but mostly Wilder just sits in his office and talks with the off screen Schlondorff, moving easily between English and German. Clips shown include: "Double Indemnity," "The Lost Weekend," "A Foreign Affair," "Sunset Blvd.," "Ace in the Hole." "Stalag 17," "Sabrina," "Witness for the Prosecution," "Some Like It Hot," and "The Apartment." Wilder discusses all these films, and the actors in them as well. Mostly, Wilder offers his philosophy of movie making from one of its undisputed masters. As one might expect from... Written by alfiehitchie

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Same material as "Billy Wilder, wie haben Sie's gemacht?"
30 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe I'm crazy -- entirely possible -- but this seems to me to be identical to "Billy Wilder, wie haben Sie's gemacht?" which is another documentary containing the same interview. I'm not saying it's not edited differently or whatever - I don't know the material that well - but the interview with Wilder seemed the same. He speaks a great deal in German and tells some wonderful stories about Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, the making of Sunset Boulevard and Sabrina, and the films he made about the concentration camps after the war that were shown in Germany.

Wilder was a marvelous raconteur speaking in English or German, and his explanation of why he used "Isn't it Romantic" in so many Paramount films is hilarious, as are his stories of the first showing of Sunset Boulevard and trying to get Monroe to say It's me, Sugar," instead of "Sugar, it's me" in "Some Like it Hot." The stories are unforgettable, which is why I know I already heard them in "Billy Wilder, wie haben Sie's gemacht?" Well worth seeing if you're a fan of Wilder or just a film buff. He was a true genius and a lively personality.


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